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With Keystone XL Delayed, Tar Sands Fight Turns to Enbridge Pipeline – December 5, 2011

Indigenous Groups Organizing to Halt Pipeline through British Columbia

With approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline stalled by the White House, the battle over the expansion of the Alberta tar sands and continuation of the carbon economy has turned to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline. Northern Gateway calls for a 1,177-kilometer pipeline to send approximately 550,000 barrels of raw tar sands bitumen a day to a coastal terminus for transportation to markets in Asia and California. The proposed twin pipeline to Kitimat, British Columbia is the primary opportunity for increased tar sands crude production – the second largest crude oil reserve on the planet at approximately 170 billion barrels and the major driver of the Canadian economy.

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by: Ron Johnson

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What Does Canada’s Election Mean for the Fate of the Tar Sands? – May 9, 2011

Conservative Party Takes Control of Government

At first glance, the ‪re-election‬ of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is a serious setback to those on both sides of the border who are battling expansion of the Alberta tar sands and trying, at the very least, to improve environmental standards in what Environmental Defence Canada has called "the most destructive project on earth." Following the federal election on Monday, May 2, Harper was returned to office with the first majority government the country has seen in seven years with 167 seats and more than 40 per cent of the popular vote.

Photo courtesy David Dodge, The Pembina InsititueSyncrude's tar sands processing… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Post-Mortem on G8 and G20: Climate Change Remains a Non-Issue – June 29, 2010


The G20 Summit is almost two years old. And like an infant approaching its terrible twos, the ad hoc gang of developed countries with no real structure or mandate is starting to get out of hand.

Heading into the G8 and G20 summits in Muskoka and Toronto, there were a number of areas where the developed countries had the opportunity to show leadership and initiative, and introduce progressive ideas. The results, to say the least, are mixed.

Following is a breakdown of key climate-related initiatives the world was hoping the summits might tackle, and what actually happened at this… more

by: Ron Johnson

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G20 Governments Give Oil Companies $100 Billion a Year in Subsidies – June 29, 2010

On Sunday, the final day of the G20 Summit, the world's leaders could either have followed through on the commitments made at the Pittsburgh summit and phase out fossil fuel subsidies or, as leaked reports suggested, take a step back and water down the plan by bringing voluntary and home-grown options to the table.

Although language such as “voluntary” and ”member-specific approaches” was removed from the day’s proceedings, and a new milestone—review of implementation plans at the next G20 Summit, in Seoul, Korea—was added to the group’s commitments, activists still feel the original commitments have been watered down.

The document was strengthened thanks to pressure from US… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Surprise, Surprise, G8 Fails to Take on Climate Change – June 26, 2010


Although climate change got four paragraphs in the G8 Muskoka Declaration--a document dubbed Recovery and New Beginnings coming out of the G8 Summit--it amounts to little more than a rehashing of earlier meetings, providing little new material and failing to deliver the momentum activists were hoping for at this halfway point between Copenhagen and Cop16 in Cancun, Mexico.

During Stephen Harper’s speech on the morning of June 26, climate change was relegated to one brief mention in a list of “also discussed” issues. At a morning press briefing, when asked about whether or not climate change was or… more

by: Ron Johnson

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